Summer is definitely my favorite season, and one thing I love about it is all of the opportunities to dress and accessorize with fun prints and bright colors! Abby here from Sew Much Ado, and today I’m sharing a tutorial to make your own fabric covered button necklace!
In my opinion, fabric covered buttons don’t get nearly the credit they deserve! They are super fun to make, and it’s such an easy way to add a completely custom look to a project.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has some really great quilting cottons that are perfect for fabric covered buttons, and perfect for this necklace! The metallic pineapples on the coral background and metallic palm trees on the teal background scream summer to me, and are the perfect size and shape to fussy cut the perfect covered button.
Let’s get to work!
• 1/8 yd (or small scraps) three different fabrics (used in this necklace are Keepsake Calico fabrics here, here, and here)
• Covered button kits – 1 1/8” and 7/8” (ensure kit has plain backs included)
• Jump rings
• Jewelry bails or spacer bars
• Lobster claw or other closure
• Jewelry tools – pliers and cutters
• E-6000 glue
• Felt scraps
1. Beginning with 1 1/8” covered button kit, use plastic guide to fussy cut circle in desired position (this will be center button so choose fabric accordingly).
2. Place button top on felt, trace around, cut out, and set cut circle aside.
3. Sandwich fabric circle between button and rubber tool, with button and right side of fabric facing down and cup of rubber tool facing upward.
4. Press button and fabric into rubber cup, turn over, and adjust fabric as needed to center perfectly.
5. Tuck fabric ends toward center of button and place flat button on top. Press button back into button, snapping into place.
6. Pop button out of rubber tool and repeat steps above with 7/8” kit, making 2 buttons from each of the remaining fabrics.
7. Use E-6000 glue (in a well ventilated area) to attach felt circles to back of each button.
8. Use e-6000 glue to glue flat jewelry bail or spacer bars to back of each button between a “9 and 3” and “10 and 2” position. The center button bars can be placed slightly closer together. Let glue dry completely.
9. Use pliers and jump rings to join buttons together in desired order.
10. Use cutters to cut two strands of chain 8” long each (shorten or lengthen as desired).
11. Attach a jump ring to one end of each chain and join jump rings to each side of button chain.
12. Attach a jump ring to one open chain end and a lobster claw to remaining open chain end.
Voila! You’ve just made a completely unique and custom necklace that you will love to wear all summer long!